By Dave Burton
THE Falcons were made to grind out two solid wins against tough competition from the Perth Angels under lights at MacDonald Reserve.
While their Rogers Cup team may be winless this year the Angels were certainly keen to make sure the Falcons did not just walk away with the points and they were certainly up for the contest.
The Falcons midfield which had Sarah Henderson and Abbi Fulcher changing in ruck and Amy Franklin, Dixie Corcoran, Tarzara Kelly, Teal Bennett and Isabel Strover working in rotation, made sure that even though the Angels were attacking the ball hard they were going to limit their ability to drive it forward.
West Perth’s forwards were very mobile and with Elissa Price working well kicking two goals and then superbly linking with best on ground player, Scovia Anzoa to assist with another couple, Jaymee Duke using her signature run and carry also kicked a couple to enable the Falcons to a comfortable 80-point win.
Even though the weather turned, it certainly did not dampen the way the reserves played.
Again facing a tough Angels outfit who sat above them on the ladder the Falcons set about vanquishing the demons of last week’s loss, which they did through great structures and a hard working midfield.
Jacinta Valentini led by example with her ability to win in and under amongst some heavy tackles and still deliver precisely to her teammates, working in constant rotation with Kat Bennett, Shannai Wai and Nicole Bombardieri the pressure was always present.
The midfield were very well supported by Jade Wilson deep in defence and Hailey Merrick who snuffed out any real challenge Perth were trying to put up.
Kavita Pepper and Ashleigh Greenwell worked well inside 50 to repay the hard work done up the ground by finishing with some great snaps on goals, helping the Falcons to a comfortable 15-point win.